St. Thomas

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St. Thomas is a transportation hub so day trips to other islands are a breeze. Offshore cays can be reached by rental boats. Hop a ferry to St. John or the British Virgin Islands, but reserve ahead if you're taking the seaplane to St. Croix or Old San Juan.

Day Trips from St. Thomas

Offshore Cays

Rent a power boat for a trip to quiet, offshore cays. Those on the north side of St. John are easily reachable from Red Hook.

Nauti Nymph Powerboat Rentals, American Yacht Harbor, St. Thomas; U.S. Virgin I, 800-734-7345, www.nautinymph.com
Tags: family | smart splurge | outdoors | day trip

Old San Juan

Oozing Spanish colonial history, Puerto Rico’s old San Juan is a trip back in time. San Juan National Historic Site and its two forts are the centerpiece.

Seaborne Airlines, 30-minute flight from St. Thomas, PR, 888-359-8687, www.seaborneairlines.com
Tags: family | outdoors | history | day trip

St. John

Catch the ferry from Red Hook (20 minutes) or from the Charlotte Amalie waterfront (45 minutes) for a jaunt to laid-back St. John for a day of sunbathing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or hiking.

Transportation Services, St. John; U.S. Virgin Isl, 340-776-6282
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

Tortola

British Tortola is like a cross between St. Thomas and St. John. Ferries to Road Town and West End leave the Charlotte Amalie Waterfront and Redhook. Taxis meet all ferries.

Smith's Ferry Service, 30 minutes by ferry, British Virgin Islands, 340-775-7292, www.smithsferry.com
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

Virgin Gorda

Depart Red Hook Thursday and Sunday mornings, returning in the afternoon, to visit this quiet island with its natural boulder pools. The boat stops in St. John on the way. Bring your passport.

Interisland Boat Services, 1.5 hours from Red Hook, British Virgin Islands; V, 340-776-6597
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

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